Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa and Florence

pilot tom

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Hello! we are staying at the above referenced Renaissance for 3 nights and then in Florence for 3 nights. Trying to plan a itinerary. We have a car for the entire stay although I may return the car when we return to Florence as I see us just paying to park it for 3 days. Wondering what the area around the Renaissance is like. Thanks!


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We've stayed at Il Ciocco just outside Barga ourselves and it is a great place!

It is in the middle of the countryside in an area known for its outdoors activities -- we went hiking up over Gallicano and Fornovalasco on the CAI trails up to Monte Forato, another time we went back to the same area but to visit the Wind Caves/Grotta del Vento

Another day we just drove around and wandered to the Devil's bridge, to Bagni di Lucca and to the small towns in the area, including Barga, of course! :D You can see more of what's in the area here:

If you haven't been to Lucca, and are not keen on hiking, then I'd likely do a day trip there instead ;-).

I agree, once you're in Florence, I'd suggest returning the car -- you'll only be paying for having it parked somewhere, and parking is not cheap in Florence either. Otherwise if you haven't yet booked a place, as long as you stay out of the center and the place has parking, you could keep it and do day trips into Chianti as well as to San Gimignano and Siena. 3 days will fly by, I do recommend you enjoy them in Florence but if you want to add anything else, you'll need to do it then. If you already have a place and it is downtown, better no car -- and do a day trip with a guided tour, such as a wine tasting to Chianti or a day trip to Siena and San Gimignano.
Take a look at the links to see options ;-)

pilot tom

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Thank You Lourdes! we are at the Westin in Florence so I think very central. Your suggestions are so helpful!